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Students build bird boxes and benches for Epsom primary school

Feb 11, 2019

Students build bird boxes and benches for Epsom primary school

Carpentry students at Nescot have been working on a project for a local primary school as part of their work experience.

The Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery students have built two picnic tables to be used by the younger children at Stamford Green Primary School in Epsom, as well as bird boxes for the school’s garden.

The group also made planters, which the children will use to grow fruit and flowers from seeds in the spring and summer.

Jim Murphy, Head of Construction at Nescot, said the teaching team work hard to source ‘real’ projects, with community groups paying for materials and the students working for free.

“The students feel very proud to be using their skills and experience to build things that they know will help and benefit people,” he added.

“They felt especially motivated knowing that the planters will be used to help Stamford Green Primary School’s pupils to be involved in growing their own fruit.”

Jim said the project was also a way for the students to gain extra experience working with a customer, working to a brief, and seeing a project from design and costing through to completion.

“The students have learnt skills they will need at work, such as attention to detail, customer service and project management,” he added.

“They’re also seen how good written English helps them to communicate with clients, and how they need maths to calculate joins and the cost of materials.”

Last spring the Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery made a bench for firefighters at Epsom fire station as well as making five planters shaped as wheelbarrows for Banstead Village in Bloom.

Nescot offers full-time courses in Level 1 and Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery, as well as apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.

The college also offers qualifications in Brickwork, Plastering, Electrical, Plumbing and Motor Vehicle Maintenance.

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